Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Young Woman + Migrant, Humana People to People India, Gurgaon, India, March 17, 2015


This morning we thought that we'd never find her, then experienced yet another magical moment when she was revealed to us once again. For a few of you she might be familiar, for the rest this is her first time in front of you. Yesterday the teachers from her local school were shown her photograph and believed almost for certain that she had moved on since her family has been displaced for economic reasons from West Bengal, India.

I however just believed that she was still there, and when the other students were in front of us I showed an album with her photograph included. Immediately about five little hands went up and pointed to the left, just where I had insisted she was two years ago.

One of them was sent to call for her and she returned knowing full well that I was looking for her. Her expression was priceless as she remembered the moment her portrait was made at the end of 2013.

Well this morning we had our chance to remake her portrait, as the heavy fog lifted to show a beautiful, blue sky. She was as magnificent this year as she was one and a half years ago, even more so. Her family belongs to a community of laborers working in the Gurgaon area, right under the skyscrapers housing the richest of corporations. They struggle day in and day out to support themselves, and have had some help over the past three years thanks to Humana People to People India and the academy for working children in their neighborhood.

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Note: This image was made just this morning with a Sony RX100M2.